Obama Asked Secret Court to Approve Bulk Surveillance in Defiance of Public Court Ruling

Bulk surveillance has been ruled illegal, but the Obama Administration says they might do it anyway. From the Guardian: The Obama administration has asked a secret surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months. If America still had journalists worth even a single penny this would be the front-page, news-leading story on every Read more […]

Rand Paul’s New Patriot Act?

Doesn’t the term “patriot” sound so good?  Being called a patriot is something that every citizen of every country considers a badge of honor and distinction. So in the political battle of words and semantics, whoever can claim the “high ground” of patriotism would most likely emerge as the victor. After the terror attacks of 9/11, former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft brought before Congress a list of recommended changes in the law to combat terrorism. Some of these measures Read more […]

Republicans, Dems Furious that Illegal Spy Program Paused

Rand Paul is learning that hell hath no fury like Republican politicians scorned in their attempt to continue an illegal spy program. The author of the Patriot Act says that the NSA was running an illegal spy program that was never authorized by the legislation. Right now the courts have agreed with him and told the NSA that their bulk data collection is an illegal spy program. That was a significant failure because they should have ruled it was unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment, but Read more […]

Rand Paul Would Be Risking His Career If He Supported the Patriot Act

Contrary to the media, the risk for Rand Paul would be to cave, not to hold firm. Politico.com ran an interesting article yesterday: “The moment Rand Paul has been waiting for.” What concerns me about the story shows up in the teaser line: “He plans to force the expiration of a surveillance law he’s been railing against for years — but the political risks are enormous.” No they are not. Not for Rand Paul. Rand Paul has been talking against the Patriot Act and against the Read more […]

National Review Weeps that Conservatives Don’t Love Big Brother

The National Review put out another defense of NSA bulk data collection—i.e. unwarranted mass spying. I am not going to bother responding to everything in Andrew C. McCarthy’s long love letter to the NSA. Since the National Review has come out in favor of equating homosexual pseudo-marriage with real marriage, I don’t feel any need to apologize for disagreeing with a conservative magazine because the NR no longer deserves to be called one. From now on, anything in the magazine that is truly Read more […]

Rand Paul’s Best Campaign Ad Is also His Greatest Act as Senator

Rand Paul’s best campaign ad might be saving the American people from the Patriot Act before he is even President! The best part about Rand Paul’s best campaign ad is it doesn’t cost him a penny. He doesn’t have to buy time on television or on the radio or in the newspapers. He gets publicity for free. For example, consider this headline from Politico: “PATRIOT Act on life support after Rand Paul stymies renewal efforts.” The Senate plunged into chaos Saturday as Republicans found themselves Read more […]

FBI Admits Patriot Act Hasn’t Helped

The FBI admits that they have not stopped any terrorist attack or caught any terrorists using the Patriot Act. While Jeb Bush is campaigning on how Rand Paul is wrong and the Patriot Act is great, the FBI admits that it hasn’t had anything to do with keeping us safe as far as they are concerned. This is (somewhat surprisingly) reported in the Washington Times: “FBI admits no major cases cracked with Patriot Act snooping powers.” FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve Read more […]

Democrat Senator Trying to Rescue Us from Republican Spy-Lovers

Democrat Senator Ron Wyden promises to filibuster the Republican attempt to renew Patriot Act with NSA surveillance. God bless him! There’s no other way for a Conservative Christian to pray: May God defeat the Republicans and bless Ron Wyden, Democrat, as he tries his best to give us back a piece of our Constitutional republic and our Fourth Amendment. From the Hill: “Spy critic pledges to filibuster rubber-stamp Patriot Act.” Sen. Ron Wyden is increasing his opposition to Senate Republicans’ Read more […]

Court to NSA: Patriot Act Doesn’t Allow What You Do

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that the Patriot Act does not allow the NSA to collect metadata. I am pleasantly surprised by this news even though I am pessimistic (or realistic) enough to expect the court’s decision to be overturned. Here is the headline at Wired magazine’s website: “Court Rules NSA Bulk Data Collection Was Never Authorized By Congress.” As Americans wait for Congress to decide next month whether to renew the Patriot Act and the Read more […]

Spying on Americans is not for Security—It is an End in Itself

The defenders of the Patriot Act don’t care that it doesn’t work because spying on Americans is the goal, not a means to some other end. We’re about to have reason to hate the Republicans in Congress even more than we already do. The Patriot ACT is up for renewal. I think the chances of Congress doing the right thing and putting the monster out of our misery are almost zero. It wasn’t that long ago that I felt much more optimistic. Not so much now. I would love to be pleasantly surprised. But, Read more […]

Congress Might Repeal the Patriot Act!

Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) have introduced a bill to repeal the Patriot Act. Julie Borowski at Freedom Works reported yesterday that a bill is now before the House to actually repeal the Patriot Act. About time! I can say without hesitation: this bill is the real deal. “The Patriot Act contains many provisions that violate the Fourth Amendment and have led to a dramatic expansion of our domestic surveillance state,” said Rep. Massie. “Our Founding Fathers Read more […]

Patriot Act Used for War on Drugs More than Terrorism

The Patriot Act was passed for an emergency but it is being used for other things. I posted recently about how the Department of Homeland Security was used in what might be described as a panty raid. Local trademark infringements are how we use the agency that was created in the wake of 911 because of terrorism. But that is just one anecdote. Now Mother Jones magazine (yes, I know: quite Leftist) ran the headline, “PATRIOT Act Warrants Used More for Drugs than for Terrorism.” The PATRIOT Read more […]